United States Senator Elizabeth Warren is slated to attend the Springfield March for Our Lives this Saturday. The nationwide marches, organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, aim to tighten the nation’s gun laws. By speaking at Springfield’s march, Warren will be highlighting a city with a unique place in the gun debate.
Springfield hosts Smith & Wesson, but also suffers gravely from gun violence, a dichotomy national media have noted. The gunfire terrorizing Springfield’s streets rarely gets the attention mass shootings do. Yet, March for Our Lives organizers have made clear the goal is to arrest gun violence of all types.
By joining the Springfield March for Our Lives, Warren will be turn the spotlight on a city whose gun violence gets too little attention beyond brief belches of salacious television coverage. Some outlets produce sober assessments of the human and community toll, but not on the scale larger cities/media markets can.
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